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to disrupters.cnbc.com. >>> up next, our next stop is nevada, home of harry reid and home of the oldest profession. >> mustang ranch. >> why the folks at the mustang ranch are worry about the fiscal cliff. >>> and later former federal reserve chairman paul volcker speaks exclusively with "squawk box" about solving the fiscal cliff. >>> also at the top of the hour, former white house council economic provider greg mankiw. from currency trading for a few to a currency market for everyone. the potential of fxcm unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. the potential of yelp unlocked. nyse euronext. unlocking the world's potential. >>> welcome back, everybody. secretary treasurer time dpiet nev geithner is going to be speaking today. majority leader eric cantor, house bunt committee chairman paul ryan and the chairman of the house is tax's ways and mean committee, also lunch with republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and nancy pelosi. he has a pretty full schedule today. >>> yesterday a number of high-profile corporate leaders met with president obama at the whit
of bad mortgage debt. here in arizona, a full 50% of houses are underwater, and next door in nevada, it's even worse. 65% of houses there are drowning, and the water's rising. and it's not just the southwest. more than 11 million homeowners across the country are underwater. it's estimated that number could double in the next year, which means nearly half of all american mortgage holders will owe more on their homes than those homes are currently worth. >> we've been through an event that none of us have ever experienced in this country since the depression. >> to try to stem the tide of foreclosures, the commissioner of the federal housing administration, david stevens, says the obama administration has set aside billions to give banks the incentive to help struggling and underwater borrowers with their mortgages. but banks have been slow to modify the terms of those loans. >> the fact of the matter is, these programs are designed to affect those who are most at risk, who are unable to make their payments, and it does require the investor, the servicer, to participate. >> the decision
are investors taking a gamble in nevada? >> there's not a lot of confidence out there now. rise above road trip, continuing coverage throughout the day on cnbc. >> welcome back to "squawk on the street," as we count down to the breaking news due out at the top of the hour, impending home sales are down. the price target now stands at 16 bucks a share, they are optimistic as we come to the january launch of blackberry. don't take into account the positive tail wind that blackberry will have. we have had a number of analysts out there recently who have raised their price targets as well as estimates and ratings. >> okay, let's get some breaking news now, on home stats. >> good morning, simon, we're here outside bankruptcy court in white plains new york for the latest in the saga of the hostess bankruptcy. liquidation, now the courtroom is reconvening to hear arguments about whether some 19 hostess executives should be getting a retention payout of $1.75 million, these so called bankruptcy bonuses. the interest is not necessarily the amount of the payoff going to the executives, but the fact that
and keep on going. in nevada they made up 40% of october sales up from 34% a year ago. that according to lps home price index. now bank of america alone has done over 100,000 short sales so far this year. and i spoke to a rep there who says they are well aware of the potential looming tax risks as are their customers. they say they would love to ramp up short sales but they're already doing them as fast as they can. i ask what happens if the tax relief is not extended? the source told me i would expect we start to get more customers saying i've talked to my tax adviser and i'm going to opt out of that short sale and we'll just take it to foreclosure. and, carl, that is exactly not what we want to hear as this housing recovery is really just gaining steam. >> wow. in your opinion diana would we start to see that, the impact in sales of existing and starting in january? >> well, starting in january you would start to see those short sales go away and that would mean more homes would go to foreclosure. short sales have really been saving this market keeping people out of foreclosure and
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